This impressive temple sits in the hills to the west of Chiang Mai. To get here, you'll need to take a tram or hike up 309 stairs. One of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, Wat Phra That is stunningly ornate and boasts a large golden chedi (sacred dome) at its centre. From the temple, enjoy fantastic views of the city.
Night markets are a vital Thai tradition and the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is undoubtedly one of the country’s best. Open from 6 pm until midnight this lively market is the place to shop for jewellery, clothes, artworks, and souvenirs. After satisfying your shopping craving, enjoy a delicious Thai meal. The cooler night-time temperatures make browsing the stalls a breeze.
This beautiful forested region incorporates Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Bhubing Palace – a royal residence built in 1961 and Hmong Village – a traditional settlement famed for its crafts. Come here to visit these historical attractions and enjoy awe-inspiring treks through lush rainforest. At the end of your hike, cool your feet at Huay Kaew Waterfall.
There are numerous elephant sanctuaries and conservation centres across the Chiang Mai region. Find one with a good reputation and pay a visit, staying just for one day or sleeping overnight. You’ll be able to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat as they bathe and play, help with feeding them or take them on a jungle trek.
Learn about Chiang Mai’s history at this fascinating museum, located within the Old City. This museum, housed in a former courthouse, takes a look back at the Lanna Kingdom, which spanned five centuries and came to an end in the late 1700s. Explore life-size dioramas, learn about traditional dances and crafts, and delve into Lanna spirituality.